Saturday, December 10, 2011

What's in Lorelei's Lunch

Getting us out of the house in the morning is becoming more and more of a challenge. The mom n' kiddo tug of war has hit a fevered pitch a couple of times this week, but I've still been able to send some tasty, healthy lunches.

Here's a couple of lunches that Lorelei took to school this week: (Mind you, she's three. If she can do it, any kid can.)

By the way, if you think you're gunna see pictures of the lunches I threw in her sack while I was feeding the cat, drying my hair, and chasing the child around with shoes and socks, you're nuts!!

Disclaimer: Peanut butter and jelly is a staple for us, so is single serving yogurt (NOT Go-Crap sugar bomb 'yogurt'), single-serve apple sauce, string cheese... in other words, easy to grab and eat foods that are still healthy.

Now, onto the good stuff.

One day this week I sent:
In one container - smoked trout and crackers with cream cheese spread on them.
In another container - apple slices
In the last container - snap peas

Another day this week I sent:
In one container - 2 fresh-baked* meatballs, cut into bite sized pieces, sprinkled with Parmesan.
In another container - fresh-boiled** frozen peas
In the last container - grapes

*After I pull our breakfast toast out of the toaster oven, I turn it to the bake setting at 450º. Then, as we eat breakfast, the meatballs bake for 25 minutes or so until they're done. I cut them to let them cool, then pack 'em up.

**I reserve some of the boiled water in the kettle for boiling the peas. I just pour some of the water into a small sauce pan (maybe 1/2" deep), salt it, and boil up the peas until done; less than 3 minutes.

When it comes to stocking the kitchen with things to pack in Lorelei's lunch, here's what I tend to have on hand:

- Single serve apple sauce
- String cheese
- Frozen peas
- Yogurt
- Cottage cheese and canned pears
- Fruit
- Tuna
- Peanut butter and jelly
- ALWAYS whole grain bread

Good for leftovers -
- Fritata
- Meatballs
- Chicken and Rice
- Smoked trout or salmon

Mom's Tip
My advice; don't over think it. Lunch doesn't have to mean a sandwich. They don't always need meat. Broccoli can be finger food.

If you would like some tips based on what you normally have in your kitchen, contact me! I'll be happy to help you make making lunch easier.


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